Facebook parent Meta appears to have opened up the waitlist for Meta Verified in India, nearly a month after introducing the paid subscription service to diversify its revenue sources.
At the time of writing the article, the company allowed users to join a waitlist for the service, which lets users pay for features such as account verification, impersonation protection, and increased visibility and reach, among others.
The service will be available for a monthly fee of Rs 1,099 on the web and Rs 1,499 on the mobile app, according to a popup on the site. The higher subscription fee for the app is likely to compensate for the 15-30 percent commission fee charged by Apple and Google on subscriptions.
To be sure, there is currently no information on when Meta plans to launch the service in India. After selecting the Join Waitlist option, the site mentions that it will notify users "when the service will be available to them." We have reached out to Meta for comment; the story will be updated as soon as we receive a response.
On February 19, Meta announced a subscription bundle called "Meta Verified," which will be available for a monthly fee of $11.99 on the web and $14.99 on mobile.
The service is currently available to users in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand who are at least 18 years old. Users can enroll their Facebook and Instagram accounts on Meta Verified, but each service requires a separate subscription.
During the launch, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg mentioned that the subscription service will allow users to verify their accounts with a government-issued ID in order to receive a blue badge, enhanced protection against impersonation, and direct access to customer support.
This announcement was made just two months after Twitter relaunched a revamped version of its subscription service, Twitter Blue, under new owner Elon Musk.
Read: Meta Verified vs Twitter Blue: How do they stack up against each other
The Twitter Blue service was available in India on February 8 for a monthly fee of Rs 650 on the web and Rs 900 on mobile devices. On March 24, Twitter announced the global rollout of Twitter Blue.
As Twitter begins to phase out its verification programme and remove legacy blue checkmarks from user accounts starting April 1, Meta has announced that users with existing verified badges will retain them.
They will also continue to offer verified badges to Facebook profiles and Pages that are "in the public interest" and meet their verification criteria, the company said.